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Arab American Roster

The Roster of Arab Americans in Public Service and Political Life lists Americans of Arab descent who hold elected or appointed office on the local, county, state or federal level, as well as party activists and political professionals.

To view a list of Arab American candidates running for office, click here.

Since first published in 1991, the Roster has been a major source of pride for Arab Americans and a much-demanded resource on the breadth and growth of our involvement in the civic and political life of the United States.

Most of those listed on the Roster are members of the Arab American Leadership Council (ALC) which was founded in 1989 as the only national network to monitor and support the activity of elected and appointed officials, candidates for public office and party activists of Arab descent. In 2002 the ALC incorporated the Arab American Leadership PAC which was renamed the ALCPAC. Click here to learn more.

To be included in Roster, please click here and tell us your political and contact information. If you know of information that needs to be updated, please e-mail Joan Hanna today!

Federal Positions | Former Government & State Officials

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Alabama

Judges

Arizona

Elected Officials

Michele Reagan, State Senator (23rd District)
Jay Tibshraeny, Mayor, City of Chandler

Appointed Officials

Bishara Bahbah, Precinct Committeemen, Scottsdale Republican Party, Scottsdale
Sami Hamed, Vice President, Transportation Advisory Committee; Member, Tucson Transit Task Force

Arkansas

Appointed Officials

Anita Langhover, Safety Coordinatory, Carroll County; Chairman, Carroll County Citizen Corp Party Leaders

California

Elected Officials

Sam Abed, Mayor of Escondido
Matt Dababneh, Assembly Member, California State Assembly (45th District)
Darrel Issa, U.S. House of Representatives (CA-49th District)
Allan Mansoor, Assemblyman, California State Assembly (74th District)

Appointed Officials

Daniel Homsey, Director of San Francisco Neighborhood Empowerment Network
Johnny Khamis, Councilman, San Jose City Council (10th District)
Thomas Nassif, Member, California Commission on Economic Development
Nadia Saad Bettendorf, Commissioner, Orange County Human Relations Commission
Terry A. Thomas, Director, Southbay Irrigation District, Division 4

Judges

Peter C. Deddah, Superior Court Judge, San Diego
James A. Kaddo, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge

Party Leaders

Iyad Afalqa, Delegate, California Democratic Party
Charlie Ara, President, Palm Desert Greens Democrats
Hussam Ayloush, Delegate, California Democratic Party
Basim Elkarra, Chair, Arab American Caucus, California Democratic Party
Dahlia Eltoumi, Treasurer, Arab American Caucus, California Democratic Party
Johnny Khamis, President, San Jose Chapter; Republican Arab American Congress
Sarah Moussa, Vice Chair, Arab American Caucus, California Democratic Party  
Samuel Wakim, Vice Chair, Siskiyu County Republican Central Committee, California Republican Party

Colorado

Appointed Officials

John Zakhem, Colorado Access to Justice Commission

Party Leaders

Sam H. Zakhem, Republican Nationalities Council and Republican State Executive Committee
John Zakhem, Executive Committee of Denver County Republicans

Connecticut

Elected Officials

Paul “Lubus” Estefan, Director, Office of Emergency Management, Danbury
Theodore Haddad, Zoning Commission, Danbury
Daniel Jowdy, City Treasurer, Danbury
Richard Jowdy, Zoning Commission, Danbury
Lori Kaback, Town Clerk, Danbury
Selim Noujaim, State Representative (74th District)
Thomas J. Saadi, Councilman, Danbury City Council

Appointed Officials

Thomas J. Saadi, Assistant Attorney General
Dianne E. Yamin, Associate Corporation Counsel
Raymond P. Yamin, Associate Corporation Counsel

Judges

Hon. Fred Anthony, Judge of the Probate of Shelton
Paul Ganim, Judge of the Court of Probate, Bridgeport
Dianne E. Yamin, Judge of the Probate Court, Danbury

Party Leaders

Robert J. Yamin, Republican State Central Committee
Jimmetta Samaha, Secretary, Democratic State Central Committee

District of Columbia

Appointed Officials

Zubaid Ahmad, Board Member, U.S.-Pakistan Business Council
Najeeb Ghauri, Board Member, U.S.-Pakistan Business Council
Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman, U.S.-Pakistan Business Council
Ashraf Qazi, Board Member, U.S.-Pakistan Business Council

Party Leaders

Florida

Elected Officials

Angela Corey, State Attorney (4th Judicial Circuit)
Sam Saad III, Naples City Council

Appointed Officials

Al Maloof, Board Member, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
Donna E. Shalala, President, University of Miami

Judges

Rosemary Barkett, Judge, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
Richard D. Eade, Circuit Court Judge (17th Circuit, Family Division)
Fred A. Hazouri, Judge, 4th District Court of Appeals
Nelly N. Khouzam, Appeals Court Judge (2nd District)
Adrian Soud, Jr. Circuit Court Judge (4th Circuit, Family Division)

Georgia

Appointed Officials

Party Leaders

Hawaii

Party Leaders

Saleem Ahmed, State Central Committee Member, Democratic Party

Illinois

Elected Officials

Emil/Bill D. Haddad, Jr., York Township Committeeman, Dupage County; Board of the Fire & Police Commission, City of Elmhurst

Appointed Officials

Gabriel F. Fakhouri, Direction of Operations, Cook Co. Recorder of Deeds Office
Rouhy J. Shalabi, Commissioner, Chicago Park District Judges

James E. Shadid, Chief Judge, Central District Court of Illinois
Samuel Betar, III., Circuit Court Judge of Cook County

Party Leaders

Political Professionals

Ray Hanania, Bipartisan Political Consultant
Maysoon Deeb, Republican Campaign Consultant

Indiana

Elected Officials

George Azar, City Councilman at Large, Terre Haute
Ray Azar, Vigo County Alcoholic Beverage Commission
 

Appointed Officials

Frank E. Shahadey, Sergeant Detective, Vigo County Police
Danny Tanoos, Superintendent of Schools, Vigo County School Corporation

Judges

Party Leaders 

Iowa

Party Leaders

Newman Abuissa, Johnson County Democratic Central Committee

Political Professionals

Kentucky

Elected Officials 

Teresa Isaac, Chairperson, Board of Lexington Fair Housing Council

Louisiana

Elected Officials 

Joey Alcede, City Marshal, Lake Charles
Charles Boustany, Jr., U.S. Representative (LA-3rd District)

Judges

Richard Haik, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
Jay C. Zainey, Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

Maryland

Appointed Officials

Sam Abed, Secretary of Juvenile Services, Governor's Cabinet
Laila K. Atallah, Counsel Assistant Attorney General & the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
Enas Elhanafi, Commissioner, Maryland Governor's Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs; Member, Montgomery County's Committee Evaluation and Review Board 
Sid Saab, Member, Maryland Farm Bureau

Party Activists and Officials

Sid Saab, Republican State Central Committee

Massachusetts

Elected Officials

Helen Abdallah Donohue, Town of Norwood Board of Selectmen
Stephen Abraham, Register of the Probate, Worcester County Probate 
Patricia A. Haddad, State Representative, (5th Bristol)
 

Appointed Officials 

Steven P. Kfoury, Executive Director, State Publications and Regulations, Office of Secretary of State
Randa Shedid, Cambridge Human Rights Commission

Judges

Party Leaders

Mushtaque A. Mirza, Member, Affirmative Action Committee; Massachusetts Democratic State Committee

Michigan

Elected Officials

Robert A. Abraham, Dearborn City Council
Justin Amash, U.S. Representative (R-3rd District)
David Bazzy, Dearborn City Council
Tom Berry, Dearborn Heights City Councilman
Michael J. Bouchard, Sheriff, Oakland County
Susan Dabaja, President, Dearborn City Council
George T. Darany, State Representative (D-15th District)
Al Haidous, Mayor of Wayne
Mohammed Hassan, Council Member, Hamtramck City Council
Sally Shaheen Joseph, Member, Board of Trustees, Mott Community College
Thomas W. Libous, State Senator (52nd District)
Anam Miah, Council Member, Hamtramck City Council
Abu Musa, Council Member, Hamtramck City Council
Suzanne Sareini, Dearborn City Council
Mike Sareini, Dearborn City Council
Rashida Tlaib, State Representative (6th District)
Ted B. Wahby, Treasurer, Macomb County

Appointed Officials

Rana Abbas, Stewardship and Community Relations Officer, ACCESS
Mohammed Abdrabboh, Civil Rights Commission, Office of Governor
Nancy A. Abraham, Assistant US Attorney, Flint, Michigan
Yvonna Abraham, Judicial Attorney, Wayne County Circuit Court
Ron Amen, Director, Community and Economic Development Department, City of Dearborn Heights
Ismael Ahmed, Associate Provost of Integrated Learning and Community Partnership at the University of Michigan-Dearborn; Vice Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party   
Nass AlRayashi, Planning Commission, City of Dearborn
Ronald Amen, Executive Assistant, Michigan Human Relations Commission, City of Livonia
Rasha Demashkieh, Member, Civil Rights Commision, Office of Governor
Dennis Denno, Chief of Staff, State Senator Buzz Thomas
Zenna Faraj Elhasan, Director of Corporate Counsel, Wayne County
Shirley Mann Gray, The Michigan Child Death State Advisory Team
Linda Saoud Hallmark, Governor’s Task Force on Children’s Justice
Imad Hamad, Michigan Advisory Committee to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Mouhanad Hammami, Director, Department of Public Health, Wayne County
Ken Harb, Livonia Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
Dr. Tawifq Hassan, Planning Commission, City of Dearborn
Nick Hawatmeh, Michigan Board of Speech Language Pathology
Hassane Jamal, Director of Community and Economic Development, City of Dearborn Heights
David Turfe, Chief Judge, 20th District Court, Dearborn Heights

Advisory Commission on Arab and Chaldean American Affairs

Abdulhakem A. Alsadeh, term expires 9/30/13
Fay Beydoun, term expires 9/30/13
Ahmed Chebbani 
Samir A. Danou, term expires 9/30/13
Charlene M. Elder, term expires 9/30/13; in addition a Judge 3rd Circuit Court
Haifa Fakhouri, President and CEO of the Arab American and Chaldean Council
Hesham E. Gayar, term expires 9/30/14   
Alex Isaac, term expires 9/30/14; in addition a Member of the Genesee County Democratic Party
Karen L. Karam, term expires 9/30/13
John M. Mackay, term expires 9/30/14 
Radwan M. Mardini, term expires 9/30/14
Samir Mashni, term expired
Fatina Masri, term expires 9/30/14
Nida R. Samona, term expired
George H. Shalhoub, term expires 9/30/14 
George C. Steeh, term expired; in addition a U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of Michigan

Judges

David Allen, Judge, 3rd Circuit Court, Wayne County
Annette Berry, Judge, 3rd Circuit Court, Wayne County
Dianne Dickow D’Agostini, Oakland County District Judge (48th District)
Charlene Elder, Judge, 3rd Circuit Court, Wayne County
Joseph J. Farah, Circuit Judge, Genesee County
Linda Saoud Hallmark, Probate Judge, Oakland County
Karen Khalil, Judge, 17th District Court
Charlene Mekled-Elder, Judge, 3rd Circuit Court 
Henry William Saad, Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals, 2nd district
Sam Salamey, Judge, 19th District, Wayne County MI
George Steeh, U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of Michigan
David Turfe, District Court Judge, 20th District
Tracy A. Yokich, Circuit Court Judge, Macomb County

Party Leaders

Masoud al-Awamleh, Officer at Large, Michigan Democratic Party
Ali Baleed AlMaklani, Executive Director of the Yemen American Benevolent Association (Y.A.B.A.)
Nass AlRayashi, Officer at Large, Michigan Democratic Party
Ismael Ahmed, Associate Provost of Integrated Learning and Community Partnership at the University of Michigan-Dearborn; Vice President of the Michigan Democratic Party
Suehaila Amen, Precinct Delegate, Democratic Party of Wayne County / 14th District
Bridgette Fawaz Anouti, Officer at Large, Michigan Democratic Party
Rashid Baydoun, Precinct Delegate, Democratic Party of Wayne County / 15th District
Fay Beydoun, Officer at Large, Michigan Democratic Party; Precinct Delegate, Wayne County / 14th District
Wafa Fey Beydoun, Officer at Large, Michigan Democratic Party
Mark Hanna, Partner the public interest law firm, Murphy Anderson
Nicola Hawatmeh, Grassroots Vice Chair, Michigan Republican Party
Alex Isaac, Member of the Executive Board, Genesee County Democratic Party; Precinct Delegate, Genesee County / 5th District
Sally Shaheen Joseph, Commissioner on the Michigan Women's Commission (Third Term); Advisory Board Member of the Flint Area Salvation Army; Serves on the Arab-American Institute Executive Board and the Arab-American Institute National Policy Council
Jumana Judeh, Member, Democratic State Central Committee
Sami Khaldi, President, Dearborn Democratic Club 
Jonathan Khoury, Precinct Delegate, Democratic Party of MacombCounty / 12th District
Abe Munfakh, Chairman of the board of the Arab American and Chaldean Council; member of the Plymouth, MI Foundation Board  
Jana Musleh, Precinct Delegate, Democratic Party of Wayne County / 11th District
Florence Nasser, Member Genesee County Democratic Party Executive Board
John D. Nickola, Precinct Delegate, GeneseeCounty / 5th District Chair, Arab American Democratic Party Caucus for the Executive Committee
Mohamed Okdie, Vice Chair, 15th Congressional District Democratic Party
Wafa A. Sayed, Community Organizer, Michigan Caucus and Michigan State House of Representatives

Minnesota

Appointed Officials

Party Leaders

Missouri

Elected Officials

Francis Slay, Mayor, City of St. Louis

Appointed Officials

Party Leaders

Brian Wahby, Missouri Delegate at Large, Democratic National Committee

New Hampshire

Elected Officials

New Jersey

Elected Officials

Randy George, Mayor of North Haledon
Mohamed T. Khairullah, Mayor of Prospect Park  
Scott Rumana, State Assembly (40th District) 
Andre Sayegh, Paterson City Council (6th Ward)
Ziad Andrew Shehady, Mayor of Springfield

Appointed Officials

Gabe Adamos, President, Middle-Eastern American Christian Republicans, Bergen County Republican Organization
Sam Allos, Vice-President, Middle-Eastern American Christian Republicans, Bergen County Republican Organization
Dr. Mahmoud Aqeal, Member of the Board of Managers of Preakness Hospital, Passaic County
Aref Assaf, President, New Jersey's Arab Heritage Commission; Member of New Jersey Governor's Ethnic Advisory Council; Advisory Board Member, CAIR NJ
Tawfiq Barqawi, Gloucester County Human Relations Commission, New Jersey State Human Relations Council, New Jersey Arab Heritage Commission
Yosry H. Bekhiet, International Account Executive, New Jersey Commerce & Economic Growth Commission
Sherine El-Abd, Superintendent of Elections, Passaic County, New Jersey
Sami Elmansoury, Executive Officer at Precision Learning and the Elmansoury Group
Nancy Shehata Fitterer, Chief of Staff of State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-12) and Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R-12)
Hani Khoury, Member, Supreme Court's Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law
Anisa Mehdi, New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority
Hany Mawla, Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, Member of the Attorney General’s Arab and Muslim Advisory Committee 
Bassima Mustafa, New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Board of Directors
Peter Nakkash, Treasurer, Middle-Eastern American Christian Republicans, Bergen County Republican Organization

New Jersey Arab American Heritage Commission

Morad A. Abou-Sabe' Ph.D
Mr. Youssef Abdul-Samad
Mr. Ramy Adam Eid , Esq.
Dr. Siham Alfred
Dr. Aref Assaf
Tawfiq Barqawi
Mr. Montaha Deeb
Dr. Eman Hamad, MD
Mr. Abraham A. Kasbo
Dr. Philip M. Kayal Ph.D.
Mr. Samer E. Khalaf Esq
Mr. Hany A. Mawla Esq.
Ms. Anisa Mehdi
Mr. Salaheddin Mustafa
Ms. Ginan Rauf
Sarah Slaiman
Mr. Ahmed Soliman

Party Leaders

Aref Assaf, Morris County Republican Party Committeeman
Jo Ann Hajjar Byrnes, Morris County Democratic Party Committeewoman
Sherine El-Abd, President, New Jersey Federation of Republican Women; Member, Executive Committee; Passaic County Women's Republican Club; County Committee Woman, Passaic County Republican Committee 
Bassima Mustafa, Executive Board Member, New Jersey Democratic Future

New York

Elected Officials

Richard Hanna, U.S. Representative (R-22nd District)
Thomas Libous
, State Senator (52nd District); Assistant Majority Leader
Abdul S. Noman
, Lackawanna City Council, 1st Ward

Appointed Officials

John Abi-Habib, Committee Chair, Lebanese Heritage Community Committee  
Jerry Kassar, County Chairman, Brooklyn Conservative Party
Omar Mohammedi, Commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights  
Fatima Shama, Commissioner of The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
 

Judges

Kevin M. Dowd, Justice, Supreme Court, Chenango County 
Didi M. Skaff, Administrative Law Judge, Environmental Control Board

Party Leaders 

Joseph Elhilow, Member, Board of Directors, Southwest Brooklyn Citizen Corps 
 

Environmental Commission

Majed Samarneh, Yonkers Democratic City Committee, 7th Ward Leader
Nader Sayegh, President, Yonkers Charter Commission

North Carolina

Appointed Officials

Sandra Edwards, Department of Commerce, USEAC Director, International Trade Administration

Party Leaders

Ohio

Elected Officials

William J. Bishilany, Deputy Treasurer for State Treasurer Josh Mandel 
Matt Joseph, Dayton City Commissioner
Mary Rose Oakar, State Board of Education, District 11 Member

Appointed Officials

Awatef Assad, Assistant Director of Law, City of Cleveland Department of Law<
Linda Mansour, Toledo Labor Management Citizens’ Committee; Toledo Port Authority China Task Force; NW Ohio Global Task Force for the Lucas County Port Authority, University of Toledo Board of Trustees
Samuel J. Sliman, Department Head of Annexation, Office of the Mayor
James Telb, Board Member, Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West

Judges 

David Dowd Jr.,  US District Court Judge, Northern District of Ohio
Edward J. Elum, Judge, Massillon Municipal Court
Edmond Sargus, Federal District Court Judge, Southern District of Ohio 
Jack Zouhary, Federal District Court Judge, Northern District of Ohio

Party Leaders

Faouzi A Baddour, Precinct Chair, Cuyahoga County Democratic Party
 

Political Professionals 

Omar Humadi, Regional Finance Director, Ohio Democratic Party
Jeffrey Kassouf, Media Consultant, Take 1 Studios

Oregon

Judges

Pennsylvania

Elected Officials

Fadia Halma, Deputy Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party
Rose Hykel, Real Estate Tax Collector, Upper Merion Township
Diana Kazour, Borough Council, Baldwin Hills
Tracey Khalil, Borough Council, Jefferson Hills 
Joanne Zogby, Vice President, Ringtown Borough
Kweilin Nassar, Commissioner, PA Human Relations Commission

Judges

James Albert, District Judge, Westmoreland County
Michael J, Koury Jr., Judge, Northampton County Court of Common Pleas
Joseph M. James, Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Mark Mansour, District Judge, Westmoreland County
Gerald Solomon, Judge, Fayette County (14)
 

Party Leaders

Jack A. Hanna, Chair, Southwest Caucus of PA State Committee of the Democratic Party

Rhode Island

Elected Officials

Hanna Gallo, State Senator (27-Cth District)
Paul Jabour, State Senator, (District 5)
Joseph Solomon, Warwick City Council, Warwick
Michael Soloman, President, Providence City Council

Appointed Officials

Christine Jabour, District Court Magistrate 

Judges

Christine Jabour, Magistrate, District Court

South Carolina

Elected Officials

Vincent Sheheen, State Senator, 27th District

South Dakota

Party Leaders

Qusi Al-Haj, West River Director, Senator John Thune

Tennessee

Elected Officials

James Naifeh, State House of Representatives, State Representative (81st District)

Judges

Janice M. Holder, State Supreme Court Justice

Texas

Elected Officials 

Amir Omar, Second Term City Councilman in Richardson, Texas

Appointed Officials

Saba Abashwal, Chief External Affairs Officer, Houston Airport System
Ahmed Rabie, Member, Houston Mayor's International Trade and Development Council: Middle East and North Africa
Nijad Fares, Senior Board Member, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government Board of Trustees; Member, Veterinary Board of Overseers, Tufts University
E. Najla Tanous, USSBA District Counsel, Houston Office

Judges

Philip A. Kazen, Jr., Judge, 227th District Court, Bexar County 
George P. Kazen, Senior Status, Federal District/Southern District

Vermont

Elected Officials

William N. Aswad, State Representative, Chittenden 3-1 District

Virginia

Elected Officials

Jay Fisette, Member, Arlington County Board
David Ramadan, Delegate (R-87th District), Virginia House of Delegates

Appointed Officials

Hady Amr, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East; USAID
Frederick T. Hadeed, Commonwealth Health Research Board 
Eva Teig Hardy, Board Member, Avalere Health Board of Directors 
Dr. Daoud Khairallah, Member, Fairfax County Human Rights Commission
Shahid Malik, Secretary, Fairfax County Human Rights Commission
Asaad Masri, Medical Foundation, University of Virginia
Paul Noursi, Engineering Standards Review Committee
David-Imad Ramadan, Board of Visitors, George Mason University
Houeida Saad, Deputy General Counsel for Inoval Health Systems 
Shakeel Tufail, Director, Pakistan American Business Association 

Judges

Robert G. Doumar, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern Virginia

Party Leaders 

George Doumar, Permanent Member, 4th Circuit Judicial Conference
Dr. Ayman Eldarwish, Cultural and Political Analyst on US-Middle East Affairs, Certified Diplomatic Arabic Conference Interpreter, Community Organizer 
Nancy Kader, Fairfax County Democratic Committee
Omar Kader, Fairfax County Democratic Committee
Terry Abdoo King, Substitute Teacher for Arlington Public Schools; Member of the Arlington Republican Women's Group; Reagan-Bush Alumni Group and the Bush-Quayle Alumni Group
David-Imad Ramadan, Vice Chair, Ethnic Coalitions Committee, Republican Party of Virginia 

Washington

Majid Al-Bahadli, Delegate to Democratic National Convention

West Virginia

Elected Officials

John N. Ellem, House of Delegates (10th District)
Nick J. Rahall II, U.S. Representative (3rd District)
Doug Skaff Jr., House of Delegates (30th District)

Judges

Paul Zakaib, Jr., Circuit Court Judge, 13th Judicial Circuit

Party Leaders

Wisconsin

Elected Officials

Sura Faraj, Chairperson, Riverwest Neighborhood Association (Milwaukee)

Federal Officials

Appointed Officials

Azizah al-Hibri, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
David Dowd, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of Ohio
Sandra Edwards, Senior International Trade Specialists, International Trade Administration
Jafar Karim, Director of Governmental Affairs, Black Hills Corp.
Victoria Kennedy, Nominated by President Barack Obama, Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service
Mike Korbey, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner, Social Security Administration  
Mona Majzoub, U.S. District Court Magistrate, Eastern District of Michigan